Good morning, and happy Tuesday. Here are some of the stories we're following today:
1. Hamas says no to Israeli truce agreement
Israel’s Cabinet voted today to accept an Egypt-brokered cease-fire to end the violence with Hamas that has ramped up over the past week. But there was no sign that Hamas militants want to abide by the truce, and now Israel appears to want to back out as well. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also hinted that a ground invasion is still on the table. “If Hamas does not accept the cease-fire proposal, as would now seem to be the case, Israel would have all international legitimacy to broaden the military operation to achieve the required quiet,” Netanyahu told reporters. Read more in NEWS.
2. Border protest heats up in Arizona
Protesters are expected to arrive near Tucson this morning as dozens of undocumented immigrants are being taken to a secluded boys camp ahead of placements with sponsor families or deportation. As many as 500 demonstrators may gather to protest the children, who will receive temporary housing. Robert Skiba, who’s organizing the protest, told NBC News that they learned about the housing placement from the local sheriff, and not federal officials. “We’re supposed to be having a transparent government, but this deal was cut in the cover of darkness. They never offered to have a public meeting and answer questions,” Skiba said. Read more in LATINO.
3. Shot of cold and severe weather blankets U.S.
Got the summertime blues? Cold air from Canada is descending into parts of the western U.S. and northern Plains, while parts of the Northeast could see a slight dip in temperatures in what is normally a steamy July. Severe storms and heavy rains will continue to threaten the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and flash flooding and hail are strong possibilities in the Rockies. Read more in NEWS.
4. Uniformed gunmen kill 25 prostitutes in Baghdad
Police confirmed the women found slain Saturday were prostitutes and that their attackers were wearing Iraqi security service uniforms. It was unclear who was actually responsible for the slayings. The country continues to grapple with worsening religious tensions as Sunni militants have vowed to overthrow the Shiite-led government. Read more in NEWS.
5. Family ‘furious’ Bergdahl allowed to return to duty
The mother of fallen 2nd Lt. Darryn Andrews said she’s upset that rescued Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be allowed to return to active duty. Andrews was in the platoon of soldiers killed in September 2009, when his family says he was sent to search for Bergdahl after he vanished off base. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance remain foggy, as Bergdahl has been recovering since the Army retrieved him in a controversial swap with the Taliban in May. Read more in NEWS.
6. Death toll rises in Moscow train derailment
At least 19 people were killed and up to 120 injured after a subway train derailed during morning rush hour in Russia’s capital today. Survivors recounted the confusion when the lights went out and smoke filled the tunnel. A power surge caused the train to stall and several cars to come off the rails between the Slaviansky Boulevard and Park Pobedy stations, investigators said. Read more in NEWS.
… What’s trending today?
Did you get sick of “Happy?”
That Pharrell song has been everywhere this year — and now it’s getting spoofed by “Weird Al” Yankovic, who’s calling his version, “Tacky.” The song, off of his new album, “Mandatory Fun,” includes a video featuring Aisha Tyler, Jack Black, Margaret Cho and Eric Stonestreet.